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Florida Senator Rick Scott reacts to "swatting" call at his Naples home

Naples Police tell Fox 4 the call initially came in as a shooting Wednesday night
Posted at 9:24 AM, Dec 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-28 12:22:16-05

NAPLES, Fla. — Senator Rick Scott says while he was enjoying dinner with his wife on Wednesday night, someone "swatted" his home in Naples.

Naples Police tell Fox 4 the call came in at 9:02 p.m. on the police non-emergency line.

According to a police report, a man told dispatchers that he shot his wife with an AR-15 three times while she was sleeping. The caller identified himself as "Jamal," and told dispatchers he shot his wife because she was sleeping with another man.

Police say "Jamal" told dispatchers he was holding a hostage and demanded $10,000. "Jamal" also said that he had a pipe bomb and if he did not get the money, he would blow up the house.

The fake shooting happened to be reported at the home of Sen. Rick Scott's house in Naples.

Naples Police got there in 15 minutes and security at the former governor's home said they were unaware of any calls or issues there.

Police searched the home and determined there was no shooting. The report says it was a swatting event. Police also believe that "Jamal's" voice sounded as if it was computer generated/artificial.

Senator Scott posted on X (formerly Twitter), calling the criminals that made the call cowards.

Police say this is an active and ongoing investigation.